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In The New York Times, Dwight Garner called How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) “the richest explanation to date about how the arrival of the MP3 upended almost everything about how music is distributed, consumed and stored…it has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book” and Nick Hornby called the book “enthralling…terrific, timely, informative…Witt is an authoritative, enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary” for The Sunday Times (UK).  How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. The culmination of 5 years of investigative research, journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. Stephen Witt was in conversation with Jon Caramanica (New York Times) and Jason Parham (Gawker) last night (6/18) at Freehold in Brooklyn, followed by a ‘90s dance party, to celebrate the launch of How Music Got Free.
On June 10, 2015, Saul Bellow would have turned 100. In celebration of the writer and his work, Viking and Penguin Books, whose history with Bellow goes back more than 65 years, is hosting a Bellow Centennial Slam at Housing Works Bookstore and Café (126 Crosby Street ) on Wednesday (6/10), a reception from 7:00 to 7:30 pm reception and the main program, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Writers and editors will honor him by reading from his works and sharing stories, memories, and inspiration about the man himself. Penguin Books also turns 80 this year and is thrilled to kick off this banner year by paying homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Participating in the event are: Adam Kirsch, Deborah Treisman, A.M. Homes, Colum McCann, Jonathan Santlofer, and Penguin’s own Beena Kamlani. There will be a special musical performance by students from Julliard and books for sale from Greenlight Bookstore. To commemorate the Bellow centennial, Viking and Penguin Classics published several outstanding books. There Is Simply Too Much To Think About: Collected Nonfiction features Bellow’s essays, reviews, interviews, and more. It was edited by Benjamin Taylor, who also edited Saul Bellow Letters. Penguin Classics published Ravelstein as an iconic black spine edition for the first time, with an introduction by Gary Shteyngart. In addition, Herzog is now available as a gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe, with an introduction by Philip Roth.  
On the Saturday at BookCon, Perigee hosted hundreds of Wreckers and Colorers over the course of two events. The first, was based on the multi-million-selling interactive Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith and featured giant panels from the book that attendees could wreck in creative ways, using glue, pipe cleaners, crayons, string and stickers. The second event, Color Me Crazy, prompted artists of all ages to color in large, intricately designed panels from Perigee’s popular adult coloring books, including Color Me Crazy,  Outside The Lines,  Color Me Cluttered and Outside The Lines, Too. Amidst the crowds and chaos of BookCon, numerous participants commented on how “relaxing” the activities were – and returned to wreck and color throughout the day. penguins-with-people-problems-by-mary-laura-philpottMeanwhile, Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus bookseller and author of Penguins With People Problems, drew personal penguins for readers next to the Penguin truck. The line was long, but like the booksellers that Philpott interacted with two days prior, everyone seemed to have the same problem: too many books, too little time!
Saturday afternoon at BookCon, Nick Offerman, John Hodgman, and surprise guest Paul Rudd, took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd to sing the praises (literally) of Offerman’s new Dutton book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. Bookcon_Offerman1Sitting on a wooden stump in front of more than 2,000 fans, Offerman opened the event with a song written for his wife, Megan Mullally, and, as Nerdist.com declared, “the only way to start a BookCon panel from now until forever will be taking the stage with a guitar and singing songs that are both charming and dirty about your wife.” On stage, Offerman discussed his mustache-free face, celebrated his bromances with Rudd and Hodgman, and shared anecdotes about interviewing the Great Americans that inspire him, including Yoko Ono, Conan, and George Saunders. At the Interactive stage in the Penguin Random House booth, fans had lots of fun and proved they too had gumption by posing for photos with a giant Nick Offerman standee modeled after the book jacket. Dutton Publicity Director Amanda Walker is pictured posing.
Penguin editors and publishers were clear standouts at the three 2015 BEA Editors Buzz panels. At the Adult Editors Buzz, Penguin Press Publisher Scott Moyers described how he virtually “stalked” the agent of author Ottessa Moshfegh in his efforts to acquire her novel, Eileen, featuring “a narrator who is unreliable in every respect,” with a plot that keeps readers guessing until “a strange, pretty wonderful twist at the end.”  At the Young Adult Editors Buzz, Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor for Putnam Books for Young Readers, described her visceral reaction to the “moody and scary” Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, “best read with the lights on.”  And at the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz, Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, raved about Last In A Long Line Of Rebels  by Lisa Lewis Tyre, in whose hands “history comes alive and is relevant.”
The non-stop schedule of book signings throughout BEA and BookCon featured an outstanding mix of Penguin adult and young readers authors, including Geraldine Brooks, Marc Brown, Sylvia Day, Delia Ephron, Linda Fairstein, John Grisham, Lev Grossman, Charlaine Harris, Oliver Jeffers, Maureen Johnson, Maira Kalman, Janice Kaplan, Brian Kilmeade,  Jayne Ann Krentz, Janice Y.K. Lee, Marie Lu, Jane McGonigal, Brad Meltzer and Celeste Ng, among others.  Enthusiastic fans, many of them young readers, formed long lines that wrapped around the Penguin Random House booth.
May 26 marked the release of Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice  (New American Library Hardcover) by New York Times bestselling author Brandon Webb, with John David Mann. Among Heroes spotlights eight of Brandon’s Navy SEAL brothers-in-arms who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving the country.  Brandon kicked off the media tour for the book with a poignant segment on NBC’s Today Show on Memorial Day as well as several interviews on NewsmaxTV. Brandon followed those up with interviews on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fox News Radio’s  Kilmeade and Friends, and several shows on Sirius-XM Radio.  Men’s Journal featured Brandon in a profile in their June issue and MensJournal.com raved about the book calling it “a fascinating, moving insider account of SEALs’ private lives—their backgrounds, off-duty passions, and the families who loved them.”Among Heroes was also included in the “New and Notable” section ofUSA Today as well as featured in “Required Reading” in the New York Post.  Brandon began his book tour forAmong Heroes at B&N in Tribeca on May 27 to a sold-out crowd and had similar stellar events at Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA; Powell’s in Portland, OR; and Barnes & Noble in Dallas, TX.
For Penguin Random House, it was all about our authors and books at this year’s BookExpo America and BookCon, which took place May 27 – 31 at the Javits Center in New York. From the Chrystal Palace foyer to the special events halls,  there was prime visibility and constant activity, particularly at the largest-ever Penguin Random House BEA booth. BEA2015LizethCruzIgloo The non-stop schedule of book signings featured a great mix of 80 of our adult and young readers authors, presenting John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Lee Child, Charlaine Harris, James Dashner, Jayne Ann Krentz, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Brooks, Jennifer Niven, Sylvia Day, Lev Grossman, Brene Brown, Alice Hoffman, R.J. Palacio, Oliver Jeffers,  Celeste Ng, Brian Kilmeade, Julianne Moore, Mindy Kaling, Anthony Marra, Maureen Johnson, and Tom Foreman, among many others. Even with the large turnouts for the author signings, the lines kept moving thanks to the efforts of our corporate services team and dedicated volunteers as hundreds of books were autographed. BEA2015DianMillerTnail Penguin Random House editors and publishers were clear standouts at the three 2015 BEA Editors Buzz panels. At the Adult Editors Buzz, Knopf Editor Diana Miller spoke passionately and eloquently about City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg, describing how the author, “an incredible observer of human nature,” captured 1970s New York City, and the exchange of “high fives” (a rarity, at Knopf, she said) when Sonny Mehta announced the acquisition of this book.  Penguin Press Publisher Scott Moyers described how he virtually “stalked” the agent of author Ottessa Moshfegh in his efforts to acquire her novel Eileen, featuring “a narrator who is unreliable in every respect,” with a plot that keeps readers guessing, with “a strange, pretty wonderful twist at the end.”  At the Young Adult Editors Buzz, Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor, Delacorte Press, delved inside Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, the author making use of notes, texts, illustrations and medical charts, to tell the story of the life and love of a BEA15JMooreIglooteenager with an immune system disorder that prevents her from ever leaving her house in a voice that is “honest, relatable and truthful.” Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor for Putnam Books for Young Readers, described her visceral reaction to the “moody and scary” Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, “best read with the lights on.”  And at the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz, Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, raved about Last in a Long Line of Rebels  by Lisa Lewis Tyre, in whose hands “history comes alive and is relevant.” Penguin Random House sponsored the “Ten Years of Penguin China” reception as part of the China Guest of Honor Country BEA series.  Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle spoke first, thanking “our esteemed Chinese guests,” confirming Penguin Random House’s commitment to publishing in China, and recognizing and raising Read more...
At this year’s BookExpo America, which opened yesterday at the Javits Center in New York, activity is buzzing around the Penguin Random House booth. For the first time, Penguin and Random House are together in a combined exhibit booth on the convention floor. Between the booth itself and adjoining meeting area, this is the most floor space we have ever taken at a major book-trade show, with an expanded number of meeting and author signing tables. Befitting the world’s largest trade book publisher, our footprint cannot be missed at BEA, with book-lovers, booksellers, librarians, authors, agents and other publishing professionals mingling and conversing with Penguin Random House colleagues.  Here are some photo glimpses from our booth yesterday. booth
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Heidi Graynor and Daryl Thompson manning our booth

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Nick Offerman, the New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit Paddle Your Own Canoe and star of the popular TV series, Parks and Recreation, returns with Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, which goes on sale from Dutton on Tuesday, May 26. This past week he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, in which he touted his “mix tape of Americans.” You can watch the clip here. Other upcoming publicity includes The Today Show, Weekend All Things Considered, Conan,The Late Late Show with James Corden, People.com, GQ.com, and TIME.  Offerman will also go on a 10-city book tour, with events in NYC at B&N and BookCon, as well as in Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Austin, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Madison.